Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

August 26, 2009

Rainy day Thrasher

Filed under: backyard, Birds, composition, digital benefits, weather — richditch @ 6:46 pm
Curve-billed Thrasher in the rain

Curve-billed Thrasher in the rain

Here’s another random image from my files – a Curve-billed Thrasher enjoying a bit of rain in our back yard.

As relocated easterners we really miss rain here in the desert of central Arizona. So any time we get some rain, however light it might be, we enjoy it. And apparently, so do the birds in our back yard.

It was a dark afternoon in January, 2005, that brought periods of rain. I’d only had my first digital camera, a Nikon D70, for a couple months, so I wasn’t very sure of what to expect from higher ISO settings. Coming from the world of film photography I didn’t have much hope for an ISO value of 640 – shooting film at ISO 400 generally meant marginal results so I seldom went above ISO 200.

But the darkness on this day forced me to try this setting, and even with this high ISO value I could only get 1/60th second at f/4.5 for my exposure. I’d taken the 2x converter off my 300/2.8 lens and replaced it with my 1.4x – that reduced the effective focal length but also gave me a brighter image and a faster shutter speed than I’d have been able to get using the 2x converter.

I was (and am still) thrilled with the results. There’s no issue with noise in the image. I was able to get the thrasher stationary. I had enough depth of field to show off my wife’s plants. I even got a few streaks from the falling rain.

I’d love to do some more similar images – all I need is some rain!



  1. I wish I had “random” images like this Rich. Most random shots from my files would be pretty embarrassing.

    I also wish you rain!

    Comment by Ron Dudley — August 27, 2009 @ 6:17 pm

  2. Beautiful! I love the streaks of rain.

    I love thrashers, too. Their call always seems too musical for such a harsh-looking face.

    Comment by Kimberly Hosey (Arizona Writer) — August 28, 2009 @ 12:59 pm

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